After almost two months of free availability, ChatGPT becomes paid: there remains a free option to use the OpenAI chatbot, but now there is a subscription at $42 per month for some advantages. This is one of the first ChatGPT monetization methods available to some users.
Given the success of ChatGPT around the world, OpenAI is losing a lot of money making it available to everyone, despite restrictions on the number of users who can use it simultaneously. If we wait from its launch for the artificial intelligence tool to be monetized, OpenAI is setting up a subscription formula.” Professional at $42 per month, available to select users right now.
OpenAI was thinking of monetizing ChatGPT
Until now, ChatGPT’s monetization was an open secret: the question was not if ChatGPT would be paid for, but when. A few days ago, OpenAI sent out a survey on its Discord server for ChatGPT users that said: “ We are starting to think about how to monetize ChatGPT (preliminary thinking, nothing official to share yet). Our goal is to continue to improve and maintain the service, and monetization is one of the ways we seek to ensure its long-term viability. »
In its message, OpenAI also questioned the maximum monthly price ChatGPT users wanted to charge or for what reasons they used it. In that questionnaire, we learned that OpenAI was experimenting with a ChatGPT Professional offering that included:
- continuous availability;
- Answers without speed limits;
- Unlimited messages (or at least twice as many as the current free version).
ChatGPT launches a $42 per month subscription
As reported by James Ivings on Twitter, ChatGPT was paid for, with a subscription saying ” professional at $42 per month, including the benefits that OpenAI was considering. On top of that, the subscription offers priority access to the new features of the tool. However, the free option used by default remains available to all users and is subject to the same current restrictions: limiting the number of simultaneous users and the speed of responses.
ChatGPT is paid today! 🔥
RIP all the free tools that exploit the closed API 🤪 pic.twitter.com/ARbDyqHIyl
—James Ivings (@JamesIvings) January 21, 2023
Despite the debate about the price of this subscription, there is no doubt that it will be useful for some people: in fact, many netizens point out that ChatGPT is often overloaded and that sometimes it is necessary to wait a long time before being able to access it. Access to future functionalities can also represent a competitive advantage for digital professionals: obviously we think about the connection of ChatGPT to the Internet. In this way, the tool could take advantage of the latest news instead of being limited to texts published before 2022.
This is how ChatGPT Pro works! Many users asked me for proofs, so I decided to make a video. pic.twitter.com/QYNn3pRnxI
– Zahid Khawaja (@chillzaza_) January 21, 2023
Another advantage: the execution speed of ChatGPT. the edge shared AI developer Zahid Khawaja’s video demonstrating the responsiveness of the tool and being significantly faster than the free version. However, the media recalls that many users have expressed their discontent on the OpenAI Discord server for the price of ChatGPT Pro. We can think that the company is speculating on the price of ChatGPT to test the ground before launching more varied offers at prices regulated. It is also an opportunity to see what interest your AI tool arouses, by adding a barrier that represents its price. Something to inform the big tech companies in the market: we know that Microsoft wants to invest 10 billion dollars in OpenAI and that Google is picking up the pace against ChatGPT.
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